Obituary for Bruce Dale Gray
April 23, 1930 December 27, 2016
Bruce Gray, 86 of Lebanon (known as Dale to many) passed away on Tuesday December 27 at the Lebanon Oregon Veterans Home. He was a Korean War Veteran.
Bruce was born on April 23, 1930 in Lacomb the seventh child of Charley and Elva (Sylvester) Gray. He attended school in Lebanon for most of his years except one year in Chico and one year in Weaverville, CA.
On July 15, 1948, Bruce enlisted in the Navy for three years on the Buddy plan with the late Dale Miller. They were sent to San Diego for Basic Training. After Basic, he and his buddy were ordered aboard the heavy cruiser St. Paul (known as the Fighting Lady Ship). After that eighteen month assignment, Bruce was sent to Seattle for shore duty at Pier 91. In July 1951, President Truman extended enlistees to an additional year. The last six months he served aboard the USS Kearsarge in San Diego and finally returned to Pier 91 for his discharge on July 31, 1952. While stationed in Seattle Bruce married Alice Beiswenger of Fisher, MN on December 22, 1951 at the Chapel at Pier 91 in Seattle. After his discharge from the Navy the couple moved to Lebanon.
Bruce went to work for Cascade Plywood which became Champion Plywood and later International Paper. He worked in the Green End and in 1971 became the Green End Supervisor. He worked at the mill for thirty two years eight months until the mill closed in 1985 when he retired.
In retirement Dale enjoyed many years in his yard, garden and fruit trees. The past two years were difficult for him to watch someone else do the yard work that he loved to do himself. He also enjoyed fishing trips with friend and neighbor to Alaska, Canada and the Oregon Coast. Dale and Alice enjoyed many years of travel in the states and cruises (often times with Dale’s in-laws). He was an avid sports fan of the OSU Beavers, Lebanon Warriors and Portland Trailblazers to mention a few. In later years he and Alice enjoyed ballroom dancing. Among other enjoyments in his life were his four grandchildren. Watching them grow up and taking part in their lives. Now they have all grown up are college graduates and are fine adults.
Bruce was baptized and confirmed on February of 1954 by Rev. Krackze at Bethlehem Lutheran Church where he has been a member for a long time. He was also a member of the Lebanon American Legion Santiam Post #51 for sixty four years.